Managing Milestones

Oct 18, 2013 by

Our daughter is quickly approaching 2.5 years old, and with her half birthday a new series of milestones will be on the horizon for her. I’ve struggled with what order we should tackle these in, as I want to handle them one by one so as not to rock her world so greatly and hopefully ensure success with each one.


Toddler bed

We’re tackling this one first, mainly because we have a bit of a deadline. My sister and her husband will be using our daughter’s crib when their son arrives in January, so I’ve been readying the nursery for the big switcheroo. I may or may not have also chosen this milestone first because decorating a little girl’s room makes me so happyyyyyyyyyyy.

Potty Training In One Weekend, or Why I Have Only Five Minutes to Write This Post.

Jul 26, 2013 by

For best results, you may want to cover the WHOLE rug.  We just got lucky.

For best results, you may want to cover the WHOLE rug. We just got lucky. [Image Credit: Yours Truly.]

This post is going to read more like a diary entry than an article.  Why?  Because I’m attempting to write it in about 5 minutes, rather than the 2-3 hours or more that it often takes me, from thinking through a concept to putting on the final touches, to write for this blog.

I am amazed, lately, at how little people understand about the major time-suck that is parenting babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  Not amazed, really, because how would you know if you haven’t been through the experience?  But what is amazing to me is how quickly parents forget about this period in time once their children are older than 5.

If You Sprinkle When You Tinkle…

Jul 22, 2013 by

RANT ALERT (If you’re sick of my ranting, please move on to another post without reading…)!!!

I’m writing this after just having come back from the ladies’ restroom where I sat (gasp!) on the toilet seat and ended up with a bottomful of someone else’s pee. This isn’t a random public restroom (although I won’t say where it is); it’s a semi-private restroom where the patrons using it are limited. NORMALLY here, I’d wipe down the seat and line it with paper before sitting (because at 5-ft tall, squatting usually means I end up peeing everywhere) but for whatever reason, I just pulled up my dress, pulled down my undies and sat, only moments later realizing the mistake that I had made.


Life Lessons From the Potty

Nov 7, 2012 by

I am a proud mama. My daughter has been using the potty pretty successfully all week. It’s amazing she got to this point seeing as I’ve been a little inconsistent with her training regimen. It was easier for me to keep my child in diapers during the week and save potty training for evenings, days-off, and the weekends. Confusing for a toddler, I know. I feel a little bit of working-mom guilt for doing so. We had lots of accidents around the house over the course of a few months of “trial potty-training,” as I liked to call it. BUT, with patience, good timing, and the help of my child’s caregivers, we finally found a rhythm to this potty training business.

What’s Been Going On With Me.

Apr 18, 2012 by

Not that I think I have a massive readership going yet on this blog, but since I haven’t been able to post for a while, here is what I have been up to recently:

1) After a painful final month at work, I am now out on maternity leave for 16 weeks, effective this week. I’m not due until May 28, but the stress and physical discomfort was getting to be too much for me. I also had a meltdown in the office, complete with crying on the bathroom floor and everything. From a distance, I saw myself struggling and it took much, much too long for me to be convinced that it was time to stop before an emergency happened.